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JUST DO IT!

I woke up so sore this morning from yesterday’s workout- mainly the addition of lunges, which I haven’t done in a while.  We had planned to go running this morning, but my soreness seemed to serve as a good enough excuse for both of us to skip our morning workout.  As usual, I’m regretting it now.  But let’s talk about breakfast first:

Breakfast:

Nothing too exciting here, just a quick and filling bowl of Quaker Weight Control Oatmeal:

I really wish I had some fresh strawberries or banana to throw on top, but…I didn’t.  I’ll add it to the grocery list.  For a little extra sweetness, I added a drizzle of sugar-free maple syrup on top.

Maple-y Oats

I like this oatmeal because it’s low in sugar, comes in a variety of flavors, and it comes in individual packets, which is important for portioning.

I spent the morning pouring my blood, sweat and tears (mainly just tears) into a buttload of chemistry homework and quizzes, to prepare for two MORE quizzes that I had to drive to the school to go take in the Testing Center.  So rude that they make us do that.

At least I had this pup by my side to cheer me up:

"Cheer up, Mom! I's a COCKATOO!"

Lunch

Lunch today was especially delicious, thanks to some leftover BBQ chicken from last night.  I topped the rest of the Eat Smart Asian Salad Kit with the leftover chicken, which I warmed in the microwave.  I topped that with the leftover packet of “crunchies”, and the rest of the Asian dressing packet.

I then mixed and cut everything a million times, until the result was my very own Asian Chicken Chopped Salad:

Chop Chop

I have a thing about salads- I’ll sit at a restaurant for a good 10 minutes after my salad comes, cutting and mixing until I have a chopped salad in front of me.  It’s pretty obnoxious, but I really like to get bites of everything at once! 🙂

I also had a small OIKOS Greek Caramel Yogurt on the side:

Yummy Yogurt

Only 110 calories in that baby, and it tastes like dessert.

Strange Fact About Me: Generally speaking, I will eat most types of fruit.  However, I have a strange phobia of the following fruity situations:

  • different kinds of fruits touching, with the exception of strawberry and banana, which were made for each other
  • CHUNKS of fruit in yogurt, or anything, for that matter
  • fruit salad

And most notably…

  • APPLE JUICE and APPLE SAUCE

Just typing those words made me gag. Not kidding.

It is for these reasons that you will absolutely never see a post from me where I am eating yogurt with fruit in it, fruit-flavored yogurt, weird fruit smoothie concoctions, or any recipe that contains the aforementioned apple products.

Let’s get back to my previous comment about missing my workout.  Missing workouts is just not worth the mental agony I cause myself for the rest of the day.  I need to remember that waking up and just getting it done is the best feeling in the world, and the perfect start to my day.  Julie at Peanut Butter Fingers wrote a post about “inspirational workout mantras“, and the one that she came up with for herself has really helped me out- “I have never regretted a workout.” It’s so true!  Being sore sucks, but it’s better to just suck it up and power through the pain, can I get an AMEN?! I’m planning to skip my night class tonight, because I am sick of driving and my brain is dead from this week, so I think I’ll get a workout in later today.

Do you have a workout mantra, or something you say to yourself that keeps you going in the gym?

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OCD Runner

I am by no means a person with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  But today, I felt like I may have needed to be institutionalized for it.  I opted for an afternoon workout so I could study in the morning, so we headed over to the gym when Corey got home from work.  I don’t exactly have a plethora of workout clothes, but I have a good amount that usually lasts me between laundry loads.  I was running low today, so I grabbed two things I don’t normally wear to workout- a purple, stretchy tank top that is made for exercise, and a pair of Nike running shorts.  The shorts were laughably big on me.  I don’t even know where they came from, or why I own them, but I pray that they never actually fit me in this life.  Anyway, I had nothing else, so I had to make it work.  I pinned the shorts a little on the sides with safety pins, rolled them twice, and headed out the door.

Here’s the thing- it takes a lot for this chick to actually go running, so when I do, everything must be perfect!  By that I mean that my hair has to be pulled completely away from my face- not a single hair can touch my face- my ponytail needs to stay put and not fall out or touch my shoulders when I’m running.  My shorts have to fit and stay put, my iPod cannot even insinuate that it’s about to run out of battery, and it can’t be too hot outside!  Today, was not my kind of running day.  And I wasn’t even outside!  As soon as I started running on the treadmill, everything went to crap.  My T.V. wouldn’t go to the one channel I wanted to watch, my hair, which was in a bun, flopped up and down until it came completely out, my stretchy tank was riding up to the point where my entire stomach was showing, and my makeshift shorts were getting stuck up my butt thanks to the safety pinning job I did.  I honestly almost lost my mind.  To top it all off, there was some girl behind me on the bike who appeared to be one of those I-weigh-89-pounds-but-go-to-the-gym-to-watch-TV-and-look-hot types, and I’m pretty sure she was laughing at my visible frustration.  I’ll deal with her next time.

Anyways, I ended up only completing 20-minutes of semi-running, but I used my anger to power me through a great weights session.

Today’s workout can be found here.

Lunch

For lunch, I grabbed something new that I’ve never tried before:

An EatSmart Asian Salad Kit!  The kit included a mixture of shredded lettuce and cabbage, a packet of Asian dressing, and a small packet of “crunchies”- wonton noodles and almonds.

I will definitely be buying another kit in the future!

Dinner

Before I left for class, I decided to try a new recipe.  I threw some ingredients in the Crock Pot, and when I came home, dinner was basically ready to go, and it smelled delicious.  Here’s what I made:

Smokey BBQ Pulled Chicken

Servings: 2-3

Ingredients:


2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts

8 oz. tomato sauce

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 tablespoon Chipotle mustard

1 tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar

1 onion or shallot, chopped

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Sauce

Several shakes of your favorite hot sauce (I used Paula Deen’s!)

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 tablespoon paprika

salt and pepper, several pinches

Directions:

Mix together all of the above ingredients, except the chicken, in the crock pot until smooth.

Before

Add the chicken breasts, cover, and cook on low for 6 hours.

Pull, pull, pull!

When the chicken is done cooking, remove it from the pot and place on a cutting board.  Use two forks to pull the chicken apart, then add it back into the pot with the sauce and mix together.  Serve!

After

I have to say, this was awesome.  It’s so easy to get sick of chicken when you run out of ideas for making it, but this made me want to eat it every day!  I served our chicken with two frozen sides:

Frozen Friends

Dinna

After dinner, I was craving something sweet (of course) so I asked Corey if he was in the mood for frozen yogurt.  He wasn’t, but that wasn’t the right answer, so we hopped in the car and hurried over to the frozen yogurt place down the street.  Alas, we were too late and they were closed.  I was on a mission and wasn’t about to go home empty-handed, so we went to Publix and I grabbed our favorite flavor of their Premium No-Sugar-Added, Light Ice Cream:

Butter Pecan

Why would I buy evil ice cream instead of perfectly healthy frozen yogurt, you ask? Well, I used to buy their frozen yogurt all the time, until I decided to check the Nutrition Facts one day, and realized that this was a huge mistake!  In comparison to the above ice cream, Publix’s Premium Frozen Yogurt has roughly 13 more grams of sugar, which is bad.  Therefore, we eat light ice cream sweetened with my B.F.F., Splenda.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I have to go study AGAIN.  I can’t wait until this week is over!

 

Sweet ‘N’ Spicy Turkey Meatloaf

It’s been a long time since I was able to just sit at home and watch Food Network, but I finally got to have one of those days this week.  I caught an episode of “The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Garlic”, and Ina Garten introduced me to the most delicious-looking meatloaf I’ve ever seen.  I don’t even like meatloaf.  It was a mixture of beef, veal and pork, with a head of roasted garlic thrown in the mix.  The chef served it with a sort of meatloaf au jus over the top.  My mouth was watering.

Since seeing that glorious meatloaf, I’ve been telling Corey all week that I was going to make my own version of it.  Healthified, of course.  Tonight, I finally got around to it!  I searched the internet for some tips and tricks, and compiled a recipe of my own for this sweet ‘n’ spicy creation.

There were two perks to making this dinner.

A) I got to use my new garlic press that Corey found for me at a garage sale

 

 

 

 

And B) I got to finally use my loaf pan by Giada de Laurentis!

It’s the little things in life.

Sweet ‘N’ Spicy Turkey Meatloaf


Servings: 6

Ingredients:

1.4 pounds ground turkey

2 Spicy Italian Turkey Sausages, removed from casing

1/4 cup beef broth

1 Vidalia onion, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon soy sauce

2 tablespoons tomato sauce

3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon dried parsley

1 cup Panko breadcrumbs

1 egg

For the top:

4 tablespoons ketchup

2 tablespoons BBQ sauce

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a saute pan, spray non-stick spray and place over medium heat.

Throw in the onion and garlic and cook until the onions are browned.

Pour in the beef broth and deglaze the pan, scraping up the brown bits on the bottom.  Add the tomato sauce and remove from heat.  Stir in the parsley, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce.  Allow mixture to cool.

 

 

 

 

 

In a bowl, add the turkey meat and the sausage meat.  Pour in the onion mixture, egg, and breadcrumbs.  Use your hands (washed!) to mix everything until well combined.

Place meat into a loaf pan and use a spatula to spread it around evenly.  Pour the ketchup and BBQ sauce over top and spread into an even layer.

Place in the oven for 40 minutes.  Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees and cook for another 20-25 minutes, to an internal temperature of 160 degrees. *Tip*: I placed another loaf pan on the bottom rock and filled it with about 3-4 inches of water.  The moisture keeps the meatloaf from drying out.

 

 

Low-Calorie, EASY Dinner in 20 Minutes!

Don’t get too excited- I am still camera-less.  Corey was nice enough to let me use his iPhone for tonight’s picture, which, for those of you who know him, is a HUGE deal! No one touches his beloved iPhone.

Anyways, I felt that I needed to blog about my dinner tonight simply because it was just SO easy to prepare.  On top of that, it was healthy and low-calorie.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

The #1 thing that people say to me when I tell them that I have a cooking blog is “Oh, how nice- I wish I had the time to cook!” If they don’t say that, the #2 thing I hear the most is “I would love to cook, but I never know what to make!”  Well, I think it’s safe to say this meal is a solution to both of those problems.

Granted, I did not actually create this chicken recipe or the sides, but I did take the help of good old pre-packaged foods from the grocery store- the healthy kind, of course!   I picked up a package of 4 chicken cutlets.  I was planning to marinate them, but then I headed down the spice aisle and came across this guy:

Hi!

I am a huge fan of the original Shake ‘N Bake, but I had never tried the BBQ Glaze before, and I was intrigued.  I headed over to the frozen foods section and grabbed this:

Bird's Eye Frozen Broccoli Florets

Along with my all-time favorite dinner item, which I blogged about in a previous post:

I'm Baaaack!

When I got home, I followed the instructions for the chicken, which instructed me to bake the chicken at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, after shaking (duh- shake…and bake!)  While the chicken finished cooking, I microwaved the potatoes for 5 minutes, and then poured half of the frozen broccoli florets in a bowl with a little water and microwaved for 3 minutes.  That’s it!  Dinner was ready in 20 minutes, and I am happy to say that it was not only delicious, but it was under 400 calories!  YAY for quick, easy and healthy dinners!

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